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Editor’s Letter — May 2016: TRUTH

Editor’s Letter — May 2016: TRUTH

I’m a pretty blunt person. This theme has been knocking around my head for awhile, and I’m happy to finally share it with you all.
When Life gives you Beyoncé, enjoy Lemonade

When Life gives you Beyoncé, enjoy Lemonade

  Lemonade by Beyoncé is as visually stunning as it is vulnerable. For this, I thank her courage, vision, and incredible work ethic. Beyoncé shows us that there is power and beauty in being vulnerable, that there is power and beauty in being black.
Editor's Letter -- April 2016: The Greater Good

Editor’s Letter — April 2016: The Greater Good

  Hello everyone! Nicole here. If you read my Editor’s Letter every month, you would notice that I was absent for March. Missing March made me really sad. Margins has been going through major changes behind the scenes, and I myself have been going through major changes! But I’m back with a great theme for...
Editor's Letter -- February 2016: Illusions

Editor’s Letter — February 2016: Illusions

Trigger Warning: This letter includes mentions of suicide, depression, and hospitalization.  Recently I got into a dispute with someone over how much I talk about my mental health on social media. I felt instantly furious and insecure, and shot insults. Later, we apologized to each other. But it’s been more than a month now and...
Editor’s Letter – January 2016: Amazing Firsts

Editor’s Letter – January 2016: Amazing Firsts

Happy New Years! This month’s theme on Margins is “Amazing Firsts”, and I would like to take a moment to reflect on how the past four months have been with the new existence of Margins.
How to be a Rad Woman: An interview with Kate Schatz

How to be a Rad Woman: An interview with Kate Schatz

  Kate Schatz is a proclaimed feminist, writer, editor, and educator. She is the author of the popular children’s book, Rad American Women A-Z, which was published by City Lights earlier this year. She was also my Literary Arts teacher in highschool!
Editor's Letter - December 2015: Endings

Editor’s Letter – December 2015: Endings

Emily(the best friend, left)and I at a dance class right before she left me to go back to college. December’s theme is Endings! 2015 is coming to a close. This is the time when everyone starts breaking out their New Year’s resolutions to try to become a Better Person in the upcoming year. It is...
Hitting all the Tender Points: An interview with Amy Berkowitz

Hitting all the Tender Points: An interview with Amy Berkowitz

Amy Berkowitz is a Bay Area writer living in San Francisco. She lives in a rent-controlled apartment, which serves as the headquarters for her chapbook press, Mondo Bummer Books, as well as the venue for her reading series, Amy’s Kitchen Organics.
Editor's Letter - November 2015: When You Were Young

Editor’s Letter – November 2015: When You Were Young

  This is a screenshot from the “When You Were Young” music video by The Killers. If you’ve ever listened to the band The Killers, one of your favorites is probably “Mr. Brightside”, a song about someone who has been completely torn from the love of their life, probably by a new romance.
Editor's Letter - October 2015: Spoooky!

Editor’s Letter – October 2015: Spoooky!

  Emily Kim, co-founder of Margins, gave me this sheer black skull top before she moved away from college. Skulls often provoke a certain feeling of fear or uneasiness among people, but this top is really, really, cute! Isn’t it? It is to me, at least. 
Editor's Letter: September 2015

Editor’s Letter: September 2015

Illustration by Ashley Amado. I’ve loved magazines for the entire time I’ve been a teenager.